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How Global Are the Golden Globes?

Actor Dev Patel in "Lion."

This morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed this year’s selections for the Golden Globe Awards. Often considered to be a barometer for February’s Academy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards will take place on Jan. 8, and will be presented by late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon. 

Despite having a variation on the word “global” in their title, the large majority of this year’s selections were written, acted, and directed by US citizens. 

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But that doesn’t mean these films and series can’t also consider global themes. Global Citizen has broken down the nominations into three categories: national — productions that take place in the US, but consider Global Citizen’s core issues; global — films and series that take place abroad; and “beyond,” films that look behind our planet to other worlds.  

“National” category: 

1. "Moonlight"

A poignant reflection on blackness, masculinity, sexuality, poverty, violence, and drugs in the United States, this film won six Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture and Best Director.

2. "The Americans" 

Nominated for two Golden Globes, this series tells the story of two Russian spies living in the suburbs of Washington D.C. during the Cold War. 

3. "20th Century Women" 

A dram-com that weaves together motherhood, feminism, and rebellion in a coming-of-age narrative brings us back to California in the late 1970s.

“Global” category: 

1. "Lion"

British actor Dev Patel plays Naroo, the adoptive son of two Australian parents who searches for his long lost family in the only way he knows how: Google Earth. His inquisition takes us to the tangled streets of Calcutta, India in an inspiring film based on a true story. 

2. "Neruda" 

Luis Gnecco is Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet and dissident, in this biopic-turned-thriller. An enormous literary figure in Latin America, Neruda was pursued by Chilean authorities for spreading communist ideas during the early stages of the Cold War. 

3. "Hacksaw Ridge"

A war story that is ultimately about peaceful resistance to violence, "Hacksaw Ridge" considers the life of Desmond T. Doss, a conscientious objector in World War II who stood, without a weapon, among the soldiers on the front lines in Okinawa, Japan. 

“Beyond” category:

1. "Hidden Figures" 

While this film technically takes place on planet Earth, it considers the extraordinary genius behind the team of NASA scientists that propelled the (recently deceased) John Glenn to space. Three black women — all scientists — must overcome challenges of both a social and mathematical variety. 

2. "Arrival"

Amy Adams plays a linguist with a tall task — saving the human race from a fleet of mysterious spacecrafts, and avoiding a global meltdown, by speaking with alien invaders. 

3. "Westworld"

"The Truman Show" meets "The Hunger Games" in this much-acclaimed television series about a world that resembles the Wild West, but is really anything but.